Tipperary native Greg Broderick aboard the Captain Clover (ISH) mare Arraghbeg Clover (ISH) recorded a superb win at the 5 Year Old final at the FEI / WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken on Sunday , with Bertram Allen taking the Silver medal.
Thursday and Friday’s classes saw 242 horse and rider combinations compete for a place in today’s prestigious final class.
Sixty-three combinations successfully qualified for the chance to take on the challenging course in the final with 25 making it through to the jump off. Eighteenth into the ring, Broderick delivered a faultless round in an exceptional time of 39.72. Allen who was next to go, was just outside that time with Ballywalter Farms’s Castlefield Denver (KWPN), clear in 40.86.
Afterwards breeder Agata Leonard said:
“Arraghbeg Clover (ISH) is only the third or fourth foal we bred. We took a break thereafter to concentrate on family commitments. The success today has restored our faith and we are committed to returning to breeding future champions.”
Winning rider Greg Broderick added:
“I am absolutely thrilled with the result today. I knew we had a great chance coming here but everything has to go well on the day. She tried so hard over three days of jumping at the Breeders Classic and it was a huge ask for her to come and repeat it all here. She has a huge heart and she proved just how good she is today.”
Speaking about the win, Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Director of Breeding and Programmes Alison Corbally said: “This is a fantastic win for Greg and the breeder of Arraghbeg Clover (ISH) Agata Leonard, who was present to witness the mare becoming 5 Year Old World Champion.
“Arraghbeg Clover (ISH) has performed impeccably well all year, topping the Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Studbook Series 5 Year Old League, 3rd at the 5 Year Old Final at the RDS Dublin Horse Show and winning the 5 / 6 Year Old Breeders Classic. To win here at Lanaken is a tremendous achievement for the Irish Sport Horse Studbook to win so convincingly from 242 of the world’s leading studbook horses competing here at Lanaken.
“Throughout the Championships there has been a marvellous team spirit and thanks must go the Chef d’Equipe Jack Doyle, the breeders, owners, riders, supporters and grooms who turned out the Irish team horses impeccably.”
Broderick also qualified MHS Going Global (ISH) for the 7 Year Old Final, where he finished seventh later in the day, having one fence down in the jump-off.